PUBLIC LIBRARY TEEN LOFT

Illuminated Letters Spell Out Ownership
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Reading Bar With Coffee Shop Attitude
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Flexible Graphic Furnishings Add Informality
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Student Selected Seating
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Group Spaces to Claim
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Time to Study
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Architetti
Architecture Is Fun
Sede
Anno
2007
Costo
100K - 1M
Piani
1-5 Piani
Cliente
Evanston Public Library
Team
Architecture Is Fun, Sharon Exley, Peter Exley, Fun Finders

CARVING OUT ROOM AND RESOURCE FOR TEENS
Wow. This is the first time I’ve been in here and I love it! It’s so teenagerish. I really wish my room looked like this! You’re kidding, teens helped design this?! I didn’t know cool stuff like that went on.
~ Evanston High School Senior

Teens on the design team demanded physical separation from the main library without their new distinct space feeling isolated. The resulting 2000 SF teen “Loft” was carved out of unused storage space with easy access to staff and adult reference materials.

Illuminated digital letters set within a translucent honeycomb panel spell out ownership. A palette expressive of the teen’s sophisticated ideas evolved that represented duality: a “silly” side with an egg chair, mod lights, and spaces to lounge and a “serious” side with computers, study rooms, and task lighting. The pastiche of wallpapers speaks of encryption, perhaps indicative of teen communicative habits, inspired by both text and technology. The Reading Bar, a café-inspired counter surrounds the wall of monitors and informal stage that the teens or the teen librarian operate for improv poetry slams or performance. In its inaugural year, the Loft ran 274 programs and served over 1500 teens.

A local high school senior commented, "I walked into the Loft and thought this couldn’t possibly be the library.

Progetti collegati

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  • Turner Duckworth Offices
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